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Who is keeping the economic score?

Over the last two weeks, government statistics mills have released data that show the U.S. unemployment rate continues to fall, the job count continues to grow, and output continues to expand. That is truly great news for U.S. businesses and workers. It is also great news for incumbents ...

The president and his base

For a number of years, I’ve been baffled by the number of people who support political parties in contravention of their own interests. For many years, I had a colleague who expressed blind loyalty to the Republican Party. He was the essence of a blue-collar employee; he was a union ...

State of politics is worse than I thought

Parents, don’t let your babies grow up to be politicians. It sounds like just an awful life. I don’t live in a bubble, and my profession forces me to be far more cynical than my nature, so it’s not like I was unaware of the lying and deceit, but I still believed deep down in my ...

Fly high at the Franklin County Fair

MALONE — There are many ways to speed up, cool down and fool around at the Franklin County Fair. While the sun blazed overhead this weekend, fair-goers rocked out to REO Speedwagon, drank literal buckets of lemonade and rode themselves dizzy on an assortment of around 15 rides. On Sunday ...

Burned into memory

The rampaging wildfires in California that have claimed the lives of at least six people are a reminder of the unpredictability of nature but also the bravery of those on the front lines fighting such blazes. The so-called Carr Fire — one of several raging in California — consumed ...

Driver feedback positive on automated systems

I always enjoy feedback from readers of this weekly column but enjoy it most when that feedback is positive, as in this recent case. In early July I wrote an article entitled “Automated Systems Gaining Driver Acceptance” and went on to describe how more and better automated safety ...

Why can’t 2% of lake chain be motorless?

Protect the Adirondacks is hosting a Canoe-In for Motorless Waters on Weller Pond on Saturday, Aug. 18. The goal of this effort is to make Weller Pond, Little Weller Pond and the channel that leads to them a motorless area on the Saranac chain of lakes. Today, motorized watercraft have free ...

Moody proposes housing subdivision; Curbed garbage resolution rescinded

Moody’s Marina on Duprey Street, owned and operated by Milo Moody, was booming and ready to expand his holdings into a subdivision, making that pitch to the village board. Moody’s Marina sponsored yours truly and my partner Mickey Luce in the Hanmer Guideboat Races, which we entered ...

Unveiling a bounty of backyard berries

Over the course of recent days, l have spent a lot of time on my knees. I wasn’t scrubbing floors or praying to the patron saint of anglers either. And yet, my time wasn’t for naught. In fact, it provided a bonanza ... of berries. While berry season has long been a rite of the ...

From New York Newspapers

The Watertown Daily Times on public sector unions,Aug. 1 Representatives of some public sector unions don’t appreciate other groups exercising their right of free speech. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 27 that public sector unions violate the First Amendment when collecting agency ...

Report disputes trail booster claims

The great Adirondack rail-trail debate has been raging for years. Trail boosters continue to claim economic prosperity is just around the corner, provided the rails are removed from the Remsen-Lake Placid rail corridor and a recreational trail is built in its place. Trail boosters also ...

Self-inflicted wounds

Only in politics could two candidates with opposing views on a particular issue sustain injuries from the same weapon. Tedra L. Cobb of Canton won the Democratic nomination in the June 26 congressional primary to challenge U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, in the general election ...

King of the road (rash, that is)

It was summer 1968, and Bernie Branch was riding high, wide and handsome, literally, in his ’55 Cadillac hearse. Bernie was the lead guitarist of The Mad Men, a good local rock band who played all over the North Country. Of course, lots of good bands played around the area, but only one ...

RLS meets Mrs. Custer

Stephen Chalmers, charter member of the Stevenson Society of America and author of the society’s little book, “The Penny Piper of Saranac,” had three things in common with Robert Louis Stevenson. Both men were sons of Scotland, both became professional writers and they both came to ...

Compassion by the numbers

For 18 days the world’s attention was focused on the plight of 12 child soccer players and their coach trapped in a maze of water-filled caves in northern Thailand. During that same two-and-a-half week period, approximately 378,000 children died (21,000 a day) in developing ...

County fairs kick off

There are a variety of Adirondack activities that focus on family fun. Hiking, biking and swimming around the Adirondacks are just some our favorites. Though being in nature is gift we are grateful for, we also enjoy the simple act of a county fair. Eating cotton candy and enjoying a traveling ...

Don’t make Weller Pond motorless

In a recent press release covered by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Protect the Adirondacks has called for a flotilla of canoes to attend a protest calling for banning motorboats from Weller Pond and Little Weller Pond. Weller Pond is at the far end of the Saranac chain of lakes, beginning ...

Trumped out

WASHINGTON — Two distinct realities coexist in the nation’s capital with the approximate compatibility of oil and water. There’s the reality of 4.1 percent economic growth, full employment, a declining trade deficit, and some wage growth. And then there’s Michael ...

GOP congressional candidates on their own

It’s a safe bet that when President Donald J. Trump was a younger man, he never read “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s American classic about a young child’s awakening to racial prejudice in a sleepy little town in the pre-civil rights South. The admirable Atticus Finch teaches ...